Alvin Dedeaux has been fly fishing for nearly 50 years. For the last quarter-century he has been considered one of Texas’ premier fly-fishing guides. In the winter and spring months he spends his time chasing largemouth and Guadalupe bass on his home waters of the Colorado River. In the summer and fall he can be found chasing redfish in the shallow saltwater flats of the middle Texas coast. Alvin is a two-time finalist for the Orvis guide of the year and his guide service All Water Guides has been a finalist in the Orvis Outfitter of the year. Alvin is one of the co-founders of the highly successful LoCo Trash Bash, a yearly clean up on the Lower Colorado River downstream of Austin. To date the all-volunteer effort has helped remove over 45 tons of trash from the Lower Colorado River.

Q&A with Alvin Dedeaux

Q: Where do you spend the most time fishing and what do you like the most about being a fishing guide?

The Colorado River in Central Texas is my number one waterway. I love introducing people to it. You don’t have to get too far out of Austin for a really relaxing experience where you’re not going to see a lot of people. I never get tired of fishing the Colorado. I feel very fortunate that I’ve been able to devote my life to this. I make a living doing what I love. Sometimes it’s not a fun as other times, when it’s cold or windy or rainy, but I never wake up thinking “God, I hate this!” And I feel like that’s success, right there.

Q: You’ve introduced a lot of folks to fly fishing. What is it about fly fishing that appeals to so many people?

I’ve had clients tell me that they never really thought fishing was that cool, but they saw fly fishing on TV or whatever and they thought, now that looks cool, I’d like to try that. So, they see it as a completely different thing, not even necessarily an outdoors type of activity, it’s just something cool that just happens to be going on outdoors. And I’ve seen people over the years who have gone from that person who just wants try it to someone who turns into a different person because of their experiences.

Q: What is the Freshwater Fisheries Advisory Committee and what is your role on it?

The committee is composed of a group of citizens and stakeholders who advise Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fisheries staff on a number of issues. We get together a couple of times a year and staff bounce ideas off of us. We discuss upcoming regulations, and it’s been pretty cool to get an inside look at how things work at Parks and Wildlife related to freshwater fishing.

We also learn all about TPWD fisheries efforts, like the Sharelunker program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. It’s pretty amazing what they are doing there in terms of high-tech science that is benefitting Texas anglers. We’ve also gotten involved with a program called the Conserving Texas Rivers Initiative, which is a partnership project to take care of Central Texas rivers and to provide better access to them. The more people have access to Texas rivers, the more they will want to take care of them.

Q: What is your favorite fishing spot?

My favorite place to fish is where ever I’m going next! I love guiding here in Texas, and I enjoy spending time in Colorado. There’s a bunch of places I would love to go back to, and there’s a bunch of places I’ve never been. Wherever my boat is pointing, that’s my favorite place!

Our parks have so much to offer. Especially in a state like Texas that is mostly privately owned, these public outdoor spaces offer a place for families to get out in nature. We should all be thankful these treasures are here for us to enjoy.

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